Date of Post : 20 July, 2017
Thiruvananthapuram: Giving push to the much-awaited Light Metro projects in Thiruvananthapuram & Kozhikode, the government has decided to speed up land acquisition & asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited to finalise the rolling stock even as the State awaits the Central nod for the Rs 6,728 crore (approx US$ 1051.25 Million) twin project.
- A high-level meeting on Wednesday, chaired by CM Pinarayi Vijayan and attended by DMRC principal adviser E. Sreedharan, decided to set up a committee to select the rolling stock using either linear induction motor or rotary motor.
- Last year, a 6-member team led by Mr. Sreedharan that had visited Kuala Lumpur & Taipei to study the rolling stock used in the urban rail system there proposed an 18-metre-long & 2.5-metre-wide rolling stock, with aluminium or stainless steel body.
- The decision comes in the wake of the DMRC request that tenders be floated to know the interest of rolling-stock suppliers.
- With the meeting giving its nod, land acquisition for the construction of 4 flyovers in the Technocity-Karamana corridor in Thiruvananthapuram & widening of Mananchira-Meenchantha stretch in Kozhikode through which the MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit System) is to move would be speeded up.
- The government made it clear that the DMRC will have to wait for the mandatory nod from the Union Ministry of Urban Development to take up other works connected with the ambitious MRTS when Mr. Sreedharan informed the Chief Minister about the decision of other States to go ahead with preparatory works of their MRTS projects without waiting for Central clearance, to avoid cost overruns & delays.
- Orders for widening the 3.5-km stretch from Mananchira to Meenchantha will be issued by the PWD this week, said Public Works Minister G. Sudhakaran.
- This will help the DMRC reopen its office in Kozhikode & commence the preparatory work in the Light Metro corridor.
Nod for preparatory work
- The meeting was informed that approval had been given to begin the Rs 272.84 crore (approx US$ 42.63 Million) preparatory work for 4 flyovers in the Technocity-Karamana Light Metro corridor in Thiruvananthapuram & that land acquisition proceedings will commence soon.
- The DMRC was also asked to look into the feasibility of extending the Light Metro to Pappanamcode on NH 66 & the flyover at Ulloor to the Medical College junction.